Maine Maritime Museum Honors Eimskip USA with 2016 Mariners Award
On Wednesday, August 24, Maine Maritime Museum presented Eimskip USA with the 11th annual Mariners Award, given to an individual or organization that has made extraordinary contributions to Maine’s maritime heritage and significantly impacted the state’s culture and economy.
The Icelandic shipping company’s decision in 2013 to make Portland its primary U.S. port of call has had—and will continue to have—a transformative effect on Maine’s economy. At Eimskip’s urging, and with the support of Senator Angus King, Maine has become an active member of the multinational Arctic Council, the leading intergovernmental forum for the discussion of sustainable development, environmental protection, and other issues in the Arctic. This fall Portland will host the first Arctic Council forum in the United States outside of Alaska.
John Henshaw, Executive Director of the Maine Port Authority, provided the keynote address, and Eimskip USA’s Managing Director Larus Isfeld accepted the award on the company’s behalf.
The Mariners Award has been presented annually since 2006. Past recipients include former Bath Iron Works President William Haggett, the National Maritime Historical Society, and the Maine Pilotage Commission & The Port of Portland Board of Harbor Commissioners.